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Application of Learning to Pest Management

  • Ronald J. Prokopy
  • W. Joseph Lewis

Abstract

There are several kinds of learning that may occur in pest and beneficial insects. Described more fully elsewhere (Papaj and Prokopy, 1989), these include habituation (a waning of response to stimuli with repeated exposure to the stimulus), sensitization (the counterpart of habituation, involving a gradual increase in response to a stimulus with repeated exposure, even when unpaired with any other stimulus), associative learning (establishment through experience of an association between two stimuli or between a stimulus and a response), and induction of preference (effects of experience on diet choice that cannot be assigned readily to any of the preceding kinds of learning). This chapter is concerned principally with how these various kinds of learning in harmful or beneficial insects might play a role in current and future strategies and tactics of pest management.

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Pest Management Integrate Pest Management Aversion Learning Trap Crop Beneficial Insect 
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  • W. Joseph Lewis

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